The Denver Broncos challenge the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 16. Both teams share the same 7-7 overall record and hold third place in the AFC West division. This is a crucial game for the two and brings them closer to a possible playoff appearance. The Broncos will try to bounce back from a home loss to the Bengals, while the Raiders look to build on a road victory against the Browns.
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Broncos vs. Raiders Game Information
- When: Sunday, December 26, 2021, 4:25 PM ET
- Where: Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada
- TV: NBC
- Radio: WBBM NewsRadio 780 (Broncos) / KIRO Radio 97.3 FM (Raiders)
- Live Stream:NFL Game Pass
- NFL Odds: Broncos (-1.0) / Raiders (+1.0)
Why Bet on the Denver Broncos?
The Broncos will attempt to recover from a 15-10 defeat to the Bengals in Week 15. Despite finishing ahead of their opponents in total yards, the squad failed to capitalize on several scoring opportunities along the way.
The team averages 20.4 points (14th) while allowing 17.4 points (second) per game. This alone tells us that they are more focused on defense, but the Broncos are no slouch on offense. Despite not producing enough passing yards to match the Raiders, they do have solid rushing numbers. The team averages 123.8 rushing yards (ninth) per game. It should be enough to trouble a Raiders defense that has trouble dealing with rushing plays.
Defensively, the Broncos have what it takes to keep the Raiders on their toes. The team holds opponents to 319.4 total yards (fourth) per game. They limit rushing yards to 106.6 (11th). Additionally, the visitors can put pressure on a relatively stronger passing team with a 212.7 opponent passing yards per game average.
The only thing holding back the Broncos is a long list of questionable starters, including the following: Melvin Gordon III (thumb/hip), Cortland Sutton (wrist), Quinn Meinerz (back/rib), Shelby Harris (ankle), Mike Purcell (thumb/neck), Dre’Mont Jones (foot), Bradley Chubb (shoulder/ankle), Kenny Young (concussion), and Kareem Jackson (back). On top of that, starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is still out of commission following a head injury he suffered against the Bengals.
Why Bet on the Las Vegas Raiders?
The Raiders scored three home victories in the seven wins they recorded this season. In their last home game, the side was three points short of a win against the Football Team. They now get a shot at pleasing the raging Las Vegas crowd this weekend.
The team outplayed the Browns in their most recent outing, recording nearly 100 total yards more than their opponents. We witnessed quality passing plays from the side which we expect to see on Sunday again. As a team, they average 283.7 passing yards (third) per game and are among the best records in the league right now. Though we might not witness the Raiders relying on rushing, we can look forward to end-to-end passing offense and defense from the competitors.
Defensively, the Raiders should do well enough against the Broncos’ passing game. The hosts average 225.3 opponent passing yards (13th) per game. They limit teams to 348.0 total yards (17th).
The Raiders also have a handful of players facing injury issues before the game. The questionable list features Josh Jacobs (illness), Zay Jones (toe), Darren Waller (knee/back), and Brandon Parker (knee). On top of that, two defensive linemen Jonathan Hankins (back) and Denzel Perryman (ankle) make their way to the questionable list.
Broncos vs. Raiders Betting Trends
- The Broncos are 5-5 in their last ten road games against the Raiders (5-5 ATS).
- The Broncos are 2-3 in their last five road games (2-3 ATS).
- The totals went under in three of the Broncos’ last five games against the Raiders.
- The Raiders are 3-4 in their last seven games at the Allegiant Stadium (1-6 ATS).
- The Raiders are 4-1 in their last five games against the Broncos (4-1 ATS).
- The totals went over in two of the Raiders’ last four games against the Broncos.
Broncos vs. Raiders Expert Betting Predictions
Injuries add to the unpredictability of the game. Multiple starters on the doubtful register keep the deficit close between the two teams. Nevertheless, the Broncos come into the game with a slight advantage. They produced more wins in recent weeks and displayed more consistency. Of course, the Raiders have enough in the tank to cover the spread and even take the win. Holding onto home-field advantage will help in their efforts as well. Ultimately, we look forward to a game that can go down the wire until the final quarter.
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